WALLA WALLA, WA - The Walla Walla Sweets held the AppleSox to just one hit to win, 3-2, on Thursday night at Borleske Stadium.
Sweets’ starting pitcher Ryan Johnston held the Sox hitless until Dalton Harum tripled with one out in the seventh inning. He would score a batter later on a groundout by Blake Klassen to end Johnston’s shutout bid.
The Sweets scored three times in the first inning and led for the rest of the game. Sox’ starter Seth Kuykendall (1-2) only allowed one earned run in six innings on the mound. Kuykendall’s strong start marked the eighth consecutive time that an AppleSox starter went at least five innings.
The Sox scored their second run in the eighth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Johnny Sage walked to drive in a run. However, the Sox would strand all three runners after Harum flew out to deep left to end the inning.
AppleSox All-Star Jake Saum gets the ball on Friday night as the Sox look to salvage the series at 7:05.
Listen to AppleSox broadcaster Joel Norman’s postgame interview with head coach Kyle Krustangel below.